|Henry P. Edwards: Making a Case for His Induction into J.G. Taylor Spink’s Writers Wing of the Hall|
|Written by Jim Odenkirk|
|Thursday, 23 July 2009 14:11|
There had been rumblings during the 1906 and 1907 seasons that a baseball writers association should be organized due to poor treatment by MLB owners. This issue came to a head during the 1908 World Series, after which a cadre of writers formed the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Odenkirk argues that Henry Pierrepont Edwards, one of the founders of the BBWAA, and one of three drafters of the organization’s constitution, should be awarded the BBWAA’s highest honor, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Edwards was BBWAA secretary-treasurer for 14 years and Cleveland Plain Dealer sports editor for a quarter of a century.
Jim Odenkirk (BJODEN39@peoplepc.com), a native of Mansfield OH, is professor emeritus in American History from Arizona State University, a member of SABR since 1982, and an avid Cleveland Indians supporter. He has presented several papers at SABR and Nine Conferences. The author of two biographies of Clevelanders, namely Plain Dealing about Gordon Cobbledick, Hall of Fame baseball writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Frank J. Lausche, Ohio’s Great Political Maverick, Odenkirk resides in Boise ID.